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you're watching r t tonight ten days before the peace talks on syria but the opposition is still silent on taking part despite brushing the u.s. from the u.n. warning that the summit can't be delayed any longer also. with a conference on syria a shift of washington stance russia makes to ride this presents a real prospect with the u.s. saying it would welcome the step but under certain conditions. britain's prime minister is accused of bribing local authorities the homeowners to accept controversial fracking in their areas with a cash incentive to sweeten the deal. and as muslim rights take a leap forward in germany with people's concerns about islam at a cost to other faiths.
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it's just join us for a good evening for me kevin o. in the. center of moscow our top story the peace conference on syria can't be delayed any longer and must happen at the end of the month that's a joint message from russia the u.s. and the u.n. after talks in paris but the main challenge is convincing the syrian opposition to take part as a group still hasn't given a definitive answer. on offspring following the discussions in france. well one of the first things that we've heard from u.s. secretary of state is that russia the u.s. and the un are completely on the same page that the only solution of the conflict in syria is a diplomatic one mr kerry also said that both the syrian authorities and to the opposition are equally responsible for the atrocities committed there now we've also seen a slight shift on iran since a lot of debris he needs your own special envoy on syria and syria lauber off the
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ball for saying that they want to see iran taken part in the geneva two conference this is a key player in the region this was something that the u.s. has previously against but now according to u.s. secretary of state washington wouldn't mind seeing tehran there at geneva two if it supports the agreements reached earlier at the one now mr labral also said that the authorities of syria have now confirmed that they are going to take part in the conference although one of the sticking points right now is that it's really unknown whether or not the opposition is planning to do the same although we are possibly witnessing now positive tendencies somewhat of a positive tendency when it comes to the relationship between the opportunities there and the rebel since we've heard today about possible exchanges of prisoners and allowing humanitarian aid to get in but according to sergei lavrov right now regarding humanitarian aid the rebels are the key obstacles that's why moscow
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doesn't want to see the terror threat among the key issues to be discussed to be on the table there at you now today we've heard nothing about calls for president assad having to step down which is different from sunday since yesterday the french prime minister when he met with the syrian opposition he did make these calls for the syrian president to step down which shows that right now even though the key players now working on organizing this conference they are completely on the same page. and it comes to lots of key issues some currencies in the west are sending mixed signals which could theoretically undermined the success of the car friends. because when you go pers can offer or despite the glimmer of progress in paris infighting between the once united syrian rebels is worse and al-qaeda linked groups of executed dozens of rival islamists in the last couple of days bring the total number of victims between the rebels to over seven hundred this month alone
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let's take a look at the news what's now estimated that the majority of rebel fighters belong to either islamist or terrorist groups this is pans out one of the most notorious of those called the islamic state of iraq in the live began a campaign called expunging filth which targets the u.s. backed rebels from the free syrian army among the methods used by the jihadists or executions bombings imposed shari'a law and capturing those sheering not sharing their benefits rather it's a group so brutal that even our coders leadership has distance itself from it get it know locally control areas of syria and iraq which are totally an area larger than portugal you can see in the black on the map. well koda gaining ground in syria iraq's also the focus today is across talks on air later this hour if you have not caught it here's a taste of what you can see. one of the western media and politicians told us al qaeda was defeated or at the very least on its last legs to say media and politicians today tells a very different story al qaeda is very much alive in fighting indeed across many countries of the middle east al qaeda is portrayed as
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a deadly minutes in this edition of crossfire we ask what is al qaeda today who supports it and who benefits from it. next couple of hours so what is coming up later tonight the british prime minister's big huge bribery by eco activists after he announced a lucrative incentive to areas which allow fracking for gas despite widespread concerns about its safety cabinet and local councils keep all the money raised from the business tax levied on energy firms who deliver their patch he also about cash payouts to affected homeowners as well sarah first reports. local authorities that allow drilling to take place will receive one hundred percent of the business rates from the scheme that's double the fifty percent the kids currently receive
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government estimates say that could be worth one point seven million extra a year each site that a council agrees and there are other estimates as well that say that the industry could attract three point seven billion a year in investment and support an extra seventy four thousand jobs so it all sounds like great news the financial incentives that have been laid on the table for the local authorities that campaigners and environmental groups of expressed their anger at the plan saying that it amounts to nothing more than a bribe we might have seen the government frack back pushing the benefits of this procedure but the extraction of shale gas from the ground to schools why spread control to see here in the country we see large scale protests in the recent months in fact on sunday we saw protesters from across the country marching to sulfur it to an area where exploratory drilling is taking place and campaign is really concerned about a wide variety of issues with this controversial process including contamination of
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ground water the potential for the triggering of earthquakes we've already seen work on one exploratory site here hold it after it was thought that that was linked to earthquakes that had taken place in a nearby area this is a really huge amounts of anger we've seen from campaigners and protesters of course the announcement coinciding with the expected announcement from french energy giant who are expected to say that they're going to be investing millions in u.k. drilling licenses now that's causing anger because you look to france it's actually got a ban on the process and campaigners are asking why when there's a ban in that country the energy company can then exploits the u.k. opening its tools to shell gas exploration in this way so despite the financial incentives that we've seen on the table i think
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a lot of people going to remain unconvinced. one of the fracking campaign in the u.k. told us the government is giving the public a trojan horse here the person if we have to bust is that it's going to bring cheaper energy to gas if it goes into production in this country will be sold to the highest bidder on the market it's as simple as that so there's a very high likelihood that even if we did go into fracking production in this country if we see any other benefits that was widespread opposition to the industry so now they've tried to throw some more money our message to david cameron and to central government would be when are they going to realise that democracy is not for sale and you simply can't throw money at this problem because there's no social license for this industry this industry has a history of manipulating day and twisting the facts to suit to suit them and to suit their investment and you cannot bribe communities into accepting this dangerous industry on their doorstep. so that some brits might be on a per bump fracking pay day but in a different story across the atlantic there's
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a squeeze on those in need right now. it's like putting somebody in prison didn't commit a crime what did we do that caused this deficit automatic budget cuts force of the most vulnerable americans out of their homes find out about that bit later this hour. trying to be accommodating to religious sensitivities is proving to be divisive in germany regional governments are increasingly incorporating muslims feelings into local legislation indeed a couple of districts even went that christmas lights for the season for fear of causing offense to non christians a recent survey suggests more than half of germans fear the growing islamization of the country as peter all of a discovered. daily prayer in bremen. this region was one of the first in germany to make islam an official religion nearby lower saxony is the next in line with at least three other states expected to
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follow in the near future the change of status allows worshippers to have their religious holidays officially recognized burial rites carried out and classes taught in schools. but what does it mean to the islamic community in this part of germany to have their religion officially recognized by the state. perhaps in the future it will help the building of a mosque or a school it will also help to bring communities together over the last ten years both sides have made efforts to build bridges and aid integration and the combined critics of the move claim this is being done to score political points here by hundreds of you can interpret this as a slam if occasion of germany but i see it as more politically motivated politicians telling muslims along but the majority of germans don't want this. only nineteen percent of germans believe that islam is compatible with german culture that's the lowest in europe thirty percent had specific concerns such as terrorism
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and almost half thought there are too many muslims in germany only around five percent of people in the country are muslims giving leave to the idea that the real issue for germans may be immigration not islam and i think it is more a question of getting people in big numbers into germany than having a problem with the. they mix it up and they don't recognize it's a different story islamic leaders recognize that they have work to do to improve the image of their religion. we have a duty to change perceptions and prejudices unfortunately the media plays a big role they only show negative stories about was limbs this makes it harder for us. whatever the public perception of islam in germany more and more federal states is set to follow suit and germany's almost four million muslims the same rights as the christian and jewish communities. coming up the final goodbye for the
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man who was once israel's most powerful figure but it made the solemnest say hundreds of soldiers not a missile system to secure a safe burial from. britain's told it should be so few of its most dangerous criminals says the. life without parole isn't fed to the prison is. in a couple of minutes as well this is a. right
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please. please. please. please please. please please. please. prevail sleep peacekeepers for a president concerned with monitoring peace deals in a post conflict environment nowadays they are increasingly asked to operate in
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a high risk obama while believe violence is still illegal are we to stay. motionless what these people have caused over almost twenty years four million people killed millions of displaced and refugees tens of thousands of women raped. children and recruited those soldiers who were slaves no. israel's bit of final farewell to former prime minister ariel sharon but the atmosphere around the ceremony wasn't exactly peaceful the israeli army and police have been on high alert with anti missile batteries dispatched around the burial site that says the country's air force carried out a strike on targets in gaza after two rockets were launched on israeli territory is
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our middle east correspondent paula slayers. the iron dome anti-missile defense system was deployed over the south of the country with extra drones also being deployed over southern israel for the funeral process now this is because the ranch where sharon was buried is in rocket range from gaza and in recent weeks there has been rockets fired from gaza into israel of course israeli security did not want to take any chances of there being any kind of disruptions during the funeral itself in addition to this there were kilometers of roads around the burial place that was sealed off now the irony is that sharon always justified any kind of military or political action he took by saying that it was in the interests of israel security and here we seeing him buried in such an atmosphere of insecurity sharon is a very controversial figure for most israelis he is regarded as a military war hero who fought in almost all of israel's wars he's seen as a powerful politician and their fearless leader he has the nickname of the
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bulldozer and this is because when he set out to do something he allowed nothing to get in his way but among many in the arab world particularly palestinians he is despised and resume to you see him as the mastermind of crushing military action and military offenses against palestinians and for killing thousands of them since the war back in one nine hundred forty eight is this regarded as the butcher of beirut for the world he played in one nine hundred eighty two when palestinians were massacred in the camps of supper and shifted the eleven on by christian militia groups and there's a lot of anger still on the palestinian street that he was never brought to book for the role he played in those massacres and muscles also issued a statement saying that she is a historic moment that marked the disappearance of a criminal whose hands are covered with palestinian blood so certainly a very controversial figure that was buried in israel today. correspondent paula
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slayer there. lined up at r.t. dot com tonight many of them but we've picked out these the rented guns behind a spate of suicide so now in america. for banning iraqi weapons of customers with turning the guns on themselves. and also covering this is cyber security in russia the government's now gone online to ask people what they think about the country's strategy to stay safe. it's a. pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure.
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low income families in new york feeling the pinch of the so-called sequester the automatic multibillion dollar spending cuts which kicked in last year after congress failed to agree a budget people being told to fund smaller and cheaper apartments or see their rent skyrocket report not met one of the. my brother and his family inside and brown's home this is home for me a lifetime of memories are displayed everywhere you look one of my friends went down with me doing this in eighty three year old has lived in her one bedroom new york city apartment for thirty seven years this is the first played out for mercy from h.p.d. but a few months ago city officials told her she has to downsize her options move into a studio apartment or see your seven hundred dollar rent triple the only thing i know is they heard the word sequester whatever that means you have this thing is
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the city agency that subsidizes rent for low income new yorkers is facing a thirty six million dollars reduction due to budget cuts known as sequestration. as a result thousands of seniors like anne are being forced to shrink their lives into smaller and cheaper apartments and that physically able. to a will or i'm going to do it my friend if you're sitting on a sidewalk i can afford to stuart so what i'm going to do with my life is in this disappointment civil rights attorney norman siegel who represents many sequestered seniors calls the downsizing campaign inhumane i can't dismiss the possibility that the effect of this will impact disproportionately on seniors and poor people because in the bigger picture the people who are in power and make these decisions . know that seniors might not fight back and it's
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a problem playing out nationwide potentially affecting more than two million low income american households in the coming year that's according to one washington budget think tank but it's when social cuts drag in the nation's unprotected pension nears that experts say the effects will prove explosive what happens to a family watching the government of the country stick it to grandma when she's eighty years old you're making enemies you wonder why people join the tea party you wonder why people join occupy wall street while many times the reasons are grandma in the current era of budget cuts the country's elderly most in need of government assistance and stability are being displaced vulnerable citizens forced to spend their golden years suffering the consequences of washington's debt and overspending is like putting somebody in prison that didn't commit a crime that's the way i see it what did we do because this deficit and why are you going to balance it on the back to the same marina port naya r.t.
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new york. as a protest is a blokey roads and burn caulk in a bid to bring down the government of prime minister shinawatra demonstrate his rules of our industry. around the cabinet building to prevent it from functioning meanwhile supporters the ruling party gathered for cantor rallies some twenty thousand police and soldiers have been deployed while officials say a state of emergency may be declared if there is fresh unrest. heavy rains of course but some landslides in the southeastern philippines it's forced thousands of residents to flee their homes at least thirteen died more casualties are feared sways of the country's still living rough conditions after it was battered by super typhoon last november. the same distant little let up in the violence in the central african republic capital despite the interim president declaring the fighting over and claiming that deserted troops are returning to their barracks the provisional government is also issued stern warning to rival muslim and christian militias to end clashes weeks of turmoil in the country is killed more than a thousand people. a top european courts try to make britain ease up on
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handing down a whole life prison sentences for its most dangerous criminals e.u. judges believe that offering no chance of parole intervals convicted of horrifying murders breaches international human rights but the u.k. is fighting back to stop brussels muscling in on its justice system as laura smith explains. if we're talking prison sentences it's already very breath a knife to me in life but if the european court of human rights has its way it will become impossible for courts in this country to hands down the most severe punishments that exceptional criminal never become eligible for parole condemned to die in jail the a c.-h. all got involved after convicted killers lodged a complaint with the courts saying it was deemed moralizing not to have a child it's a pretty nice last year the courts the greens and ruled that having no rights to
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review contravene big european convention on human rights the justice secretary is set to fight the decision in a lengthy legal battle but many say he should go a step further and leave the court altogether the legitimacy is pretty much nonexistent. but not a proper court made up of. often of politicians lawyers many of. members a tiny countries or countries with. very poor human rights record i mean we're getting a lot of interference in our in opposition legal system. from them and i think it's completely completely unreasonable i think we should make our own decisions aren't arrangements about the boat sentencing there are fewer than fifty prisoners serving home life turns in england and wales for the severest crites one of them's bridget he was sent down last year for murdering well schoolgirl april j.
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he's launched an appeal another killing ian mclachlan has already avoided a whole life because of the. he murdered a man while on day release from a murder that it's and meanwhile the u.k. government is entering into a lot of expensive fights with the course of human rights to stop the courts interfering with british justice. thanks for watching out international review all around the world with the more news just about thirty four when his time after the break of the week sports highlights with kate partridge. i think that the fact that these weapons can fly a semi autonomous lead for seven thousand miles to you know the locations where unfortunately my military and the cia are attacking people in countries with which
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we are not at war to me is simply horrifying and as many you know already argue it's a violation of international law it's assassination i do not support assassination by my government period. but if you will for a moment like the new knowledge base you. pleasure to have you with us here on our t.v. today i'm researcher.
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hello welcome to the altie sports show another weekly roundup of top action from russia under around the globe let me take pause and these are the headlines. trading places so much says still that case sooty home that is unveiled at milan agent may be the leave spots not for everton in the first they the russian top flight deals in the transfer window. while top challenge novak djokovic and the tour. as are and go all out to defend their study and open titles as the first grandson of the season gets underway in the album. and a live in peace journey with a months to go until the winter games marathon runner dimitri get off you can see a seventeen hundred kilometer run from moscow to sochi in time for a new ceremony. all the news ahead of the winter olympics to come but first full
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bore where two big name foreigners have less the russian premier league and the first high profile deals of the january transfer window first republic of ireland wingnut aiden mcgeady has signed for english premier league side everton from spots at moscow for an undisclosed fee the twenty seven year old has penned a four and a half year contract after scoring the thirteen goals in ninety three matches for the red and whites since joining from celtic in two thousand and ten. and in italy for my test almost the midfielder keisuke on that promise to write like a samurai off of the japan star joint ac milan as a free agent on the three and a half year deal the twenty seven year old will dong the number ten jersey previously warned by the likes of ruud gullit and clarence seedorf i remember me to some right. i don't know that is true.
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i've seen the japanese moon. through him in thirteen and we are good to the supreme. on me while sticking to the plan was faced as approach last week after football's governing body played down a top official statement about moving the twenty twenty two world cup in qatar to the winter drought has claimed the flagship tournament will not be played in june and july because of searing temperatures in the gulf states but fever swiftly added a decision on timing has not yet been taken while president sepp blatter also defended brazil's preparations for this summer's event despite failing to meet their deadlines we will be ready i am sure that in in march called a stadium be ready and have time enough to make somebody herzl's there in.